If you are reading this, then I think it is safe for me to assume that you have wrinkled eyelids, or you are at least starting to see eyelid wrinkles beginning to form. If that is the case, just remember that there are literally millions, if not billions of other people that are busy experiencing the exact same thing.
There are an almost infinite number of websites promoting remedies and countless skin care products that can supposedly get rid of your wrinkles. If getting rid of wrinkles was as easy as rubbing on some cream every day, none of us would have any wrinkles. The reality is that there are no magic solutions.
Aging skin and wrinkles go hand in hand. As we age, our bodies produce less and less collagen and elastin. To make matters worse, the quality of the collagen and elastin that our bodies produce also starts to decline as we age. By the way, this process actually begins when we are in our twenties. Once it begins, collagen production decreases at a rate of about 1% each year.
This decline in collagen and elastin production is what causes us to get wrinkles. Of course, there are other factors as well, including years of exposure to the sun’s UV rays, environmental pollutants, chemicals, and of course, gravity.
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When you are in your late teens, your twenties, or even your thirties, there is a lot you can do to prevent or drastically reduce the rate at which your skin becomes damaged. Once wrinkles have formed, the damage has already been done. With proper care, we can sometimes reverse the damage to a certain degree, but we cannot reverse it altogether. However, this does not mean that you should give up and throw in the towel.
Regardless of your age, if you already have wrinkled eyelids, or wrinkles anywhere else on your face for that matter, you need to believe me when I say it is never too late to begin working on them. With a little bit of self-discipline, and with the right approach, you will, at the very least, be able to reduce the appearance of your wrinkles. Let us look at the 4 most important steps:
- Less Sun
- Less Toxins
- More Sleep
- More Moisturizer
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I have to be honest and say that I actually love the sun, especially when I am outdoors enjoying nature. I will even go as far as saying that I do not think it is healthy to always stay out of the sun. Without sunlight, most living things on this planet would die. However, it would be foolish and irresponsible for me to advise anyone to spend more time in the sun. After all, just about everyone on the planet knows that the sun can also give you skin cancer.
When I say “Less Sun”, I do not necessarily mean that you have to spend less time outdoors or even less time in the sun. I only mean that you need to limit your exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays. This can be achieved by avoiding the sun during the hottest time of the day and also by wearing clothes that shield your skin from the sun.
A good sunscreen lotion can also go a long way in protecting your skin from harmful UV rays. I personally tend to rely more on clothing because so many sunscreen lotions are full of chemicals. I also try to always wear a wide-brimmed hat to shield my face, as well as a pair of sunglasses that are large enough to shield the area around my eyes.
Many people seem to be under the impression that UV rays only start to cause damage when they spend a prolonged period of time in the sun. This may be partly true when it comes to skin cancer, but damage to collagen production and skin elasticity begins almost from the moment your skin is exposed to UV rays. The damage may be insignificant but over time it slowly but surely accumulates.
If you do not want to have wrinkled eyelids when you are older, make sure that you protect your eyelids from the sun as much as you possibly can, and the exact same thing applies if you already have wrinkled eyelids.
With skin being your biggest organ, it is probably exposed to far more toxins than any of your other organs. Like your other organs, your skin can be damaged by toxins that find their way into your body by means of your diet or by breathing them in. Your skin can of course also be exposed to countless external toxins as well, many of which are present in skin care products which people use on their skin day in and day out.
Internal toxin-related damage can come from chemical additives that are found in so many foods these days. The damage can also come from breathing in chemicals and other types of environmental pollutants. Smoking is in fact one of the best examples. We already know that smoking drastically increases the risk of getting many different types of potentially fatal diseases, including several different types of cancer.
According to a report published on the CDC.gov (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) website, tobacco usage is responsible for more than 7 million deaths worldwide each year. But, since I am not writing this post to warn you about the dangers of smoking and what sort of diseases it can cause, let us go back to focusing our attention on wrinkles.
According to an article published on the highly respected Mayo Clinic website, there is no longer any question as to whether smoking can cause wrinkles or not. Smoking can and does accelerate the natural aging process and can cause wrinkles within as little as ten years. Naturally, the earlier you start smoking, and the more you smoke, the greater the damage to your skin will be.
So, how does smoking cause wrinkles and other damage to your skin? To begin with, the nicotine in tobacco smoke causes a narrowing of the blood vessels in your skin, which in turn prevents your skin from getting the amount of oxygen and nutrients it needs. Also, tobacco smoke contains more than 4,000 different chemicals, many of which are known to be damaging to both collagen and elastin.
And, while many people may not agree with me when I say that the skin care and cosmetics industry is not much better than the tobacco industry, there are a lot of people who are starting to wonder if skin care products are the new cigarettes. Skin care products may not contain as many chemicals as tobacco smoke, but that is not the point. Studies have shown that the average American woman exposes her skin to about 180 different chemicals each day just from using personal care products.
Please, if you have not already switched to all-natural personal care products, it is really something you need to consider doing. And, if you have children, and especially young teens, you should get them to use all-natural products as well. After all, you can even get wrinkles under eyes at 20. I am referring to the skin around one’s eyes because this is about the most vulnerable and most fragile skin on our faces.
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I know, many of us would really love to get more sleep than we do but we simply cannot for one reason or another. We have all heard that we should get between 6 and 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night, but sometimes it can be nearly impossible. If for some reason you cannot afford to spend this amount of time sleeping every day, you should at least try to achieve this whenever you can.
Many people already know that a lack of sleep causes dark circles around a person’s eyes, but insufficient sleep is harmful for your skin in other ways as well. A lack of sleep can cause inflammation in your skin and it can disrupt your skin’s natural barrier mechanism. It can also contribute to acne breakouts, the formation of wrinkles, and premature aging of the skin. You can read more about the connection between sleep and aging skin on the Science Daily website.
An almost infinite number of people use skin moisturizers on a daily basis, including myself. Unfortunately, many simply grab the first moisturizer they come across, or they purchase ones which they have seen in glossy-paged magazines and/or on television. Many of those are actually quite pricey and they are well-known brands so they must be good, right?
Not all brand name products are bad, but many of them, if not most of them, are nowhere nearly as good as what the advertisements say. Many of them are not expensive because of the ingredients in them. They are expensive because elaborate advertising campaigns cost millions and millions of dollars, and manufacturers have to recoup all that money that they spend.
Then, there is the question about the use of chemicals. The vast majority of mainstream skin care products are full of chemicals. I will not go into this again because it has already been mentioned further up the page, but please, do your skin and the rest of your body a favor, and switch to chemical-free personal care products.
Ideally, you should apply a good moisturizer at least twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening before going to bed. If parts of your body, such as your arms or legs, are exposed to the elements during the day, you should even consider applying moisturizer more than only twice a day. For wrinkled eyelids and the other delicate areas around your eyes, I would strongly recommend that you use a cream or serum that has been designed specifically as an under eye lines treatment.
While some anti wrinkle creams are marketed as being wrinkle erasers, the sort I am referring to are the ones which you can use in order to make fine lines and wrinkles less visible almost instantly. In other words, they are more of a makeup product than they are a skin care product, and they can work really well when it comes to wrinkled eyelids and under eye lines.
If you have wrinkled eyelids and you are serious about reducing the appearance and the severity of the wrinkles, then using a good quality all-natural eye serum is an absolute must. However, even the best serum in the world is not going to get rid of your wrinkles altogether, and this is where wrinkle erasers come into the picture. Using these are like applying the finishing touch to your eyelids.
Just before you leave your home, gently apply some of your eraser on your eyelids, and nobody will even suspect that you have wrinkled eyelids. Good quality wrinkle erasers typically only need to be applied once a day, with the effect lasting until the next time you wash your face. By the way, you can actually get more of the same effect using common cosmetics products such as a good foundation and a good concealer.
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Not only is papaya a delicious fruit to eat, and one which is crammed full of nutritional goodness, but it can also help you to reduce the appearance and the depth of lines and wrinkles while at the same time nourishing your skin. Nearly every good anti wrinkle cream or serum contains vitamins A, C and E. Papaya contains all three of these. It has a particularly high vitamin-A and vitamin-C content.
In case you do not already know, your body cannot produce collagen in the absence of vitamin-C. Vitamin-C is 100% essential for collagen production, and the great news is that vitamin-C is able to penetrate your skin. This in itself could help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkle, or at least slow down the process. I am not going to list any specific studies here, but I can tell you that numerous studies have shown that topical application of vitamin-C can reduce wrinkles.
It is not only the vitamin-C in papaya that can help you to reduce your wrinkles. Papaya is also a very rich source of papain. Papain is an enzyme that can break down protein. It is the main ingredient in most commercially available meat tenderizers. The very high concentration of papain decreases as the fruit ripens, and this makes fresh ripe papaya ideal for treating wrinkles.
When fresh papaya is applied to your skin, the papain in the fruit starts to break down the proteins in the outer layer of your skin, essentially stripping it away. I guess one could compare it to a mild chemical peel, but one which is both natural and nutritious.
To use this remedy, you simply need to mash up some fresh ripe papaya and then apply it to the areas you want to treat. Leave the paste on for 20 to 30 minutes, and then rinse it all off with some lukewarm water. If you repeat this two or three times a week, you should start seeing visible results after about 3 to 4 weeks.
If you want to use this remedy for treating wrinkled eyelids, then I would recommend using it no more than once or twice a week due to the delicate nature of the skin around our eyes.
WARNING: The flesh of unripe papaya should never be used for treating wrinkled eyelids, or any other facial wrinkles. The papain content and strength in unripe papaya is simply too high. Please do not try it.